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Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster
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Jan 23, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: 10-star, classics, kindle
Read in January, 2012

I probably read this short epistolary novel over forty years ago, but I remember loving it. Jerusha Abbot is a seventeen year old orphan who has been raised in the John Grier Home. After seeing a humorous essay that Jerusha wrote for English class, one in which she made fun of the home, an unknown trustee offers to pay for her college education. The only stipulation is that she must write monthly to her benefactor. Since she has been told only to address him as John Smith, she nicknames him Daddy-Long-Legs, knowing only from a glimplse of his shadow on one occasion that he is very tall. The outcome is perhaps predictable, but the letters are fresh and breezy and happy. I loved this book all over again. Recommended.

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